I love Yves Rocher. They may feel a little less accessible due to their absence on the British High Street, but their generosity keeps customers like me coming back for more.
This week, I ordered a little post Christmas Cheer-Me-Up consisting of four mini perfumes from Yves Rocher in a little decorative drum. As well as that I was allowed to choose one of three free gifts up to the value of 45GBP. Naturally I chose the perfume. As well as that, I was allowed to choose up to three free samples of selected products. Again, unsurprisingly, I chose the perfume. When my parcel arrived, I was thrilled. I received four 5ml bottles, three samples, a 30ml bottle of So Elixir EDP and a matching 200ml of body lotion, all for 14GBP plus P&P which I think was £3.95.
I immediately got stuck in, finding it achingly hard to stick to my rule of one scent:one wrist. However, I tried So Elixir and decided to write about that one first.
If you like Chanel Coco Mademoiselle but wish it had more guts and glory, then you are in for a treat. So Elixir is very much in the same vein as Coco Mademoiselle, but I find it far more agreeable, due to the lack of Vanilla. In many ways, the Rose and Patchouli in So Elixir make it similar to Narciso Rodriguez For Her or SJP Lovely, whilst still maintaining the Coco Floral/Oriental genre.
On me it opens smelling of Roses, Musk and Tonka Bean. Then the Patchouli marches in and maintains a masterly presence by the fireplace. Rounded off with rich incense, and keeping the Roses all the way through, So Elixir is a damn good buy at only 23.10GBP.
Oh and did I mention it won the Grand Prix du Parfum in 2010? It deserved to. If splashing out over 64 quid on Coco Mademoiselle gives you a January headache, Yves Rocher may be able to help you out for a third of the price.